My work has already been published in a journal. Would I be able to add it to LASR?
In almost all cases, book and article publication involves a transfer of copyrights from the author to the publisher. Traditionally, authors have transferred all rights to the publisher and do not retain any legal claims to their own work. Increasingly, however, copyright transfer forms define certain rights for the author and other rights for the publisher. Moreover, authors may amend the transfer form before signing it. Guidance on modifying an author agreement may be found at: http://www.arl.org/sparc/author/
Many publishers have adopted new policies permitting authors to post on a web site or in a repository some version of a previously published article. Restrictions may apply to the version that may be posted:
- Publisher PDF – the version as published, with pagination and other formatting
- Author’s corrected manuscript (post-print) – the version as accepted, with all the changes required by the editor and/or referees but without the formatting
- Author’s pre-print – the version as submitted, prior to editorial or peer review
A database of the copyright and self-archiving policies of over 300 scholarly publishers may be accessed here: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo.php